Characteristics of living things

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/14-characteristics-of-living-things
When you look at the world around you, how do you categorise or group what you see? In science ...

Classification system

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1438-classification-system
In the 18th century, Carl Linnaeus published a system for classifying living things, which has ...

Marine food webs

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/143-marine-food-webs
Feeding relationships are often shown as simple food chains – in reality, these relationships ...

Human impacts on marine environments

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/144-human-impacts-on-marine-environments
Throughout human existence we have relied on the oceans – for food, as a waste dump, for ...

Adaptations of marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/142-adaptations-of-marine-organisms
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Earthworm adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/17-earthworm-adaptations
Adaptation is an evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes increasingly well suited to ...

Cleaning up the oil spill

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1140-cleaning-up-the-oil-spill
On 5 October 2011, the cargo vessel Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef. The ship was ...

Earthworms’ role in the ecosystem

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/9-earthworms-role-in-the-ecosystem
Charles Darwin is well known for his work on natural selection. He published widely on topics ...

The role of observation in science

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/8-the-role-of-observation-in-science
Observation is something we often do instinctively. Observation helps us decide whether it’s ...

Native bird adaptations

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1162-native-bird-adaptations
New Zealand separated from Gondwana around 65 million years ago. Due to the geographical ...

Environmental conditions affecting the sea

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/141-environmental-conditions-affecting-the-sea
On land, the most important environmental conditions affecting organisms are rainfall and ...

Classifying marine organisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/140-classifying-marine-organisms
Classification is an important tool used by scientists to show how organisms are related to ...

Adapting to marine habitats

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1126-adapting-to-marine-habitats
Being able to adapt is a matter of life or death. In a perfect world, organisms would not need ...

Birds’ roles in ecosystems

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1163-birds-roles-in-ecosystems
An ecosystem consists of all of the flora and fauna living within an area and the interactions ...

Monarch butterflies

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/511-monarch-butterflies
There is a touch of irony that, in a country famous for its unique wildlife, New Zealand’s most ...

Sea stars

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/149-sea-stars
When is a fish not really a fish? When it’s a starfish! Starfish is the common name for a group ...

Soil formation

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/955-soil-formation
New Zealand has a wide variety of landscapes. A day’s sightseeing journey might include ...

Niches within earthworms’ habitat

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/7-niches-within-earthworms-habitat
Asking where earthworms live may seem like a silly question. Doesn’t their name say it all ...

New Zealand’s unique ecology

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1440-new-zealand-s-unique-ecology
New Zealand has a rich and unique range of plants, animals and fungi. The level of distinctive ...

Charles Darwin and earthworms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/22-charles-darwin-and-earthworms
Charles Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution as set out in his book On the Origin ...

Build a marine food web

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1525-build-a-marine-food-web
In this activity, students build their own food web using images of organisms from the marine ...

Butterfly defence mechanisms

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/507-butterfly-defence-mechanisms
Butterflies are the exhibitionists of the insect world. For many invertebrates, camouflage is ...

Cockles

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/148-cockles
Cockles are classified as bivalves within the phylum Mollusca. (Almost all shelled marine ...

What is in soil?

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/890-what-is-in-soil
What’s in soil? When you pick up a handful of soil, what do you see? All soil is made up of ...
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